Connected appliances often carry a price premium, but as with many emerging technologies and trends it may not be immediately clear if it'll be worth the extra investment. Neurio promises to add intelligence to ordinary appliances and make your home more efficient, all without having to install sensors on each device.
Instead of breaking new ground in performance, Ivy Bridge improves efficiency, marking the arrival of Intel's 22nm design process which uses new 3D transistors. This allows the flagship quad-core 3.5GHz Core i7-3770K to consume less power than the more modest Sandy Bridge i5-2500K.
Granted, the 19-watt power savings we recorded in our tests probably won't excite desktop users, but it does present a tangible benefit for battery-bound mobile machines. Ivy Bridge's improved fuel efficiency should grant laptops a little more mileage away from wall chargers.